Now for those of you who are hardcore holiday people…hear me out! This year has been a rough one to say the least. The holiday season is upon us and yet here we all are, stuck in various forms of lockdown going into these holidays. My husband and I have been talking about what we want to do for Thanksgiving this year and I know a lot of our friends and family have as well. As we were sitting on the couch talking about how all of our normal holiday events have been cancelled and what that means for us this Thanksgiving, we realized we were looking at it the wrong way. Instead of viewing this as a loss in our normal holidays we decided to look at it as an opportunity. Since our families are spread out across the country we knew getting everyone together was just not an option, so we started to brainstorm about other alternatives. I decided to share our thoughts on the holidays, Thanksgiving in particular, so others can use this information to plan for their “altered” 2020 holiday season.
Below are our top ideas for Thanksgiving Alternatives.
- Friendsgiving– If seeing your family is impossible this year either for Covid safety concerns or for lack of travel access Friendsgiving is for you! This option allows you to still have a small, manageable get together while avoiding a large group or any real travel needs. You could even prepare the traditional meal but in smaller amounts or enjoy a potluck style meal. We suggest a group of about 4-8 close friends to share this event with.
- Neighborsgiving– If seeing family and friends is not an option due to concerns/safety issues but you are close with a neighbor or two, consider Neighborsgiving! Similar to Friendsgiving but once again accommodating more for availability, Neighborsgiving is a great way to spend a day! You can enjoy a potluck style dinner or once again provide a slimmed down traditional Thanksgiving meal. If you are not this close to any of your neighbors…..you are not alone, consider sharing food with any elderly or isolated individuals in your area. This can be a very lonely time for seniors in particular and Covid has pushed this even farther.
- Couplesgiving– This is perfect for those who are away from loved ones and friends and those who are new to a city and have not had a chance to meet anyone in your area. Once again this can be as simple or complex as you would like. Make a homecooked meal, make a traditional meal or go wild and just make whatever it is that makes you happy at the time! Spend the day enjoying an extra special date night with your significant other.
- Takeoutgiving– This one might be my favorite! Family & friends, neighbors, couples, or single individuals this is the one for you!!!! Go around to your favorite fast-food places and order a random assortment of foods (i.e.: tacos from taco bell, fries from McDonalds, Shakes from White Castle, etc.) and share with anyone/everyone who comes to celebrate. Not only do you still get to have a fun and special meal, but you also avoid all cleanup!
- Our plan this year (since Covid is hitting our area hard) is to buy our favorite items from local places who will be open the day of or day before. We plan on buying a pizza or two, fried rice & crab Rangoon, Pho, Tacos & Nachos, etc. from some of our favorite little spots. We then get to enjoy the laid back holiday while still supporting small local businesses who have been struggling.
*Most importantly, stay home if you are sick and use your best judgment on anyone who you invite to your home or who you choose to spend time with in their home.*